Weighted Flatware for People with Parkinson’s disease

When you have hand tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease (PD), getting food onto eating utensils and into your mouth can sometimes be difficult. If you love to eat your own good cooking as much as I do, you’ll find it’s much easier with weighted flatware. This is a good tip for anyone who has trouble holding onto utensils because of arthritis or other hand or muscle weakness too; and not just because of PD.

The extra weight in the handles of these knives, forks, and spoons helps to cut down on the motion caused by tremors. It keeps your hands steady while you cut, spear, or spoon up your food and transfers it to your mouth.

Good Grips eating utensils, made by Oxo, have adjustable handles on the spoon and the fork. You can turn and bend them to suit your particular needs. Whether you’re right- or left-handed, you’ll be able to adapt them for your use. The handles will bend up to 90 degrees in either direction.

This Good Grips flatware also has wide handles that are covered with a material resembling rubber. The wide handles are easier to hold than regular ones, and the rubbery coating helps to keep your hand in contact with the surface. There’s no slippery silverware to slide out of your grasp.

Other weighted-handle flatware features large plastic handles with molded finger grips; this flatware, like Good Grips, is adjustable and can be bent to accommodate your needs.

The rocker knife has a curved blade that lets you cut your food using only one hand. Even if your arms are weak, you’ll be able to use this knife with little difficulty. The cap around the end of the handle, next to the blade, is a bit larger than on the other utensils. This safety feature helps you to avoid cutting your fingers.

The metal areas on the knives, forks, and spoons are stainless steel and this flatware is dishwasher-safe.

You can’t return this flatware (due to hygiene restrictions), so if you haven’t tried it before, you might want to purchase just one piece rather than a whole set. I’d suggest buying a spoon or a fork, whichever you’d use most, and trying it out on your favorite foods. This tip can help to save you some money if you decide you don’t like or need this flatware.

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